Author: Patrick Atkinson

Dakota Territory Photographs & Letters of Charles Abbott

Spent a quiet afternoon in my hobby room listening to Gregorian Chant and archiving a lot I bought at a Rhode Island estate liquidation, of original Dakota Territory D Barry photographs and mid-18th century letters to a young soldier stationed at Fort Lincoln, south of Bismarck-Mandan. These back-and-forth letters between a teenage Charles Abbott and his mother, who lived in Warwick, RI, are fascinating. He complains about the food and his officers; she tells him to wear sweaters and not stand too close to the artillery so he doesn’t hurt his ears. Mothers! Then researched Charles who passed away...

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